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The Great Sphinx of Truth and Knowledge

“Confronting mankind there stands a sphinx—the vast unknown. However well a man may be informed concerning a specific subject, his furthermost outlook concerning that subject is bounded by an impenetrable infinity. And the ‘discovered,’ as I will show, has only transferred ignorance to other laces. Science has confined its labors to superficial descriptions, not the elucidation of the fundamental causes of phenomena. … She dare not attempt to explain the why even of the simplest things. … How does the maple tree secrete a sweet, wholesome sap, and deadly nightshade growing in the same soil and living on the same elements, a poison? …
“That word Why to man dominates the universe. It covers all phenomena, and thrusts inquiry back from every depth.” ~John Uni Lloyd

The Great Sphinx

When you talk about a sphinx, most people immediately see a great statue in Egypt. That statue, however, is a depiction of a sphinx, not the thing itself. The sphinx represents a mystery, the unknown, the great riddle of the universe, and beyond.

The Limits of Science

There is no doubt that the scientific community has found answers to many questions. They can tell us what chemical make some people have red hair, while others have brown or blond. They can tell us what chemicals make some peppers hot while others are not. They can tell us what makes the sun hot. They can tell us that ice expands when it freezes. They can tell us that metals liquify when heated enough. They can even tell us at what temperature each type of metal will melt. They are good at discovering the whats and wherefores of the universe, but not so good with the whys.

They can tell us that a certain chemical in some peppers makes them hot, but they can’t really say why some peppers have a lot of that chemical, and others don’t. They can’t say why some plants spread their seeds using the wind, while others rely on birds, insects, or animals to spread the seeds. They can’t tell us why plants exist at all.

The Seeker Asks Why

Whether they realize it or not, the seekers of the world are really trying to answer that question “Why?”. Telling them that copper makes red hair isn’t enough. They want to know why they have red hair. They want to know why they have hair at all. Most of all, they want to know the root causes of it all.

Science might be able to give those answers if it would go beyond the limitations of the material plane, but few scientists are willing to do that. When they do, they are often ridiculed by those who refuse to look over the fence, to look outside the cave of matter.

The Spiritual Teacher

Religion generally doesn’t do any better than science in this. Today’s churches are often just as materialistic as the business and scientific communities. They too look for answers in matter rather than in spirit. When they do venture beyond the realms of matter, it is often made up nonsense that pleases the congregation, but is not based on any spiritual truth. It has no actual answers for the Sphinx.

A real spiritual teacher, however, is both religious and scientific. He applies the rules of science and scientific study in exploring the realms beyond matter. Since matter ans spirit are very different, the study of spirit must be different, yet still scientific. You cannot put a spirit on a scale and weigh it to prove it exists. A spirit has no weight, but it is still real. A spirit has no beginning and no end, so cannot be measured. That doesn’t make it ay less real.

So if man really wished to answer the great riddle of the Sphinx, he needs to embrace spirituality as well as science, the non-material as well as the material. Maybe soon the scientists and the spiritual seekers will join together to find the real truth. But for now, we must learn different things from each discipline and put it together ourselves. We must each solve the riddle of the Sphinx.

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Seek Divine Light as Well as Material Light

Disciple: But is it not for me to attain, if I can, both the Light of God, and the Light of the outward Nature too, and to make use of them both for the ordering of my life wisely and prudently?
Master: It is Right so to do. And it is indeed a treasure above all earthly treasures to be possessed of the Light of God and Nature operating in their spheres, and to have both the Eye of Time and Eternity at once open together, and yet not to interfere with each other.
Disciple: This is a great satisfaction to me to hear; having been very uneasy about it for some time. But how can this be without interfering with each other, there is the difficulty?
Master: … It will be necessary, my child, in the first place to wait for and attend the Supernatural and Divine Light, as this superior Light appointed to govern the day, rising in the true East, which is the center of Paradise, and the Great Light breaking forth as out of the darkness within thee …
Wherefore seek the Fountain of Light, waiting in the deep ground of thy soul for the rising there of the Sun of Righteousness, whereby the Light of Nature in thee, with the properties thereof, will be made to shine seven times brighter than ordinary.” ~Jakob Bohme

Some believe that in order to seek the Divine Light, the Light of God, the light of the Sun of Righteousness, one must divorce herself completely from the material world, material goods, and even the light of the spiritual sun. This is not true and is foolish to even attempt when one is not ready. Besides, it is virtually impossible to get the light of the spiritual sun without also getting light from the natural sun, the sun of matter. The highly developed spiritual people called the Essenes still ate physical food at least once a month and Jesus didn’t fast forever, just forty days. They knew that one could not completely give up the natural as long as one had a material body, but they avoided becoming attached to the physical.

It is a matter of emphasis. By placing the emphasis on spiritual development and on taking in that Divine Light, one does not have to be overly concerned that he is also exposed to the physical light and to the world of matter. The world of matter cannot be avoided as long as we have physical bodies, but we can keep it to a minimum and subordinate to the spiritual. Continue reading “Seek Divine Light as Well as Material Light”

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Perfect Human, Spiritual Human

Perfect Human

“One day in Judea Jesus went to his students. He found them all sitting together as they all were practicing group piety. When he came near, they were giving a prayer of thanks over the bread. He laughed. The students said, ‘Master, why do you laugh at us for giving thanks? Are we in error?’ He answered, saying to them, ‘I don’t laugh at you. You are acting not of your own will but so that through these things your God will know your offerings of praise.’ They said, ‘Master, you are the son of our own God.’ And Jesus told them, ‘How do you know me? Amen I say to you, no generation of the people who walk among you will know who I am.’ When the students had listened to all of this, they broke into anger and fury. They began to execrate him in their hearts. When Jesus noticed their deep ignorance and interior weakness, he asked them, ‘Why has your agitation made you furious? The God who operates inside you spurs the anger in your souls. Let anyone of you endowed with strength among the beings on earth produce the perfect human, and stand near so I can gaze on him face to face.’ They all replied to him, ‘We have that strength.’ Here their beings of spirit didn’t dare to stand before him, except for Judas Iscariot. He was able to stand before the figure but couldn’t look him in the eye and turned his face down and away. Judas said, ‘I know who you are and where you come from. You are from the deathless realm of the aeon of Barbelo, the holy source of all, and my mouth is unworthy to utter the ineffable name of him who sent you.'” ~Gospel of Judas

Prayer over the Bread

Why would Jesus laugh when he found his disciples giving a prayer of thanks over the bread, what we today call “saying grace”? Isn’t it proper for the students to pray to God for thanks for what he has given them? Of course it is. But if you have just committed a crime, you wouldn’t thank God. If you were about to violate one of God’s laws, you would not pray to Him about it. Yet that is what you do when you eat bread, or meat, or even fruit. We were made to be beings of Light and God wanted us to live on His Divine Light and only His Divine Light. To kill and eat other living things, animals or plants is a violation of God’s law, therefore, it is not appropriate to say a prayer of thanks when you do. Instead, you should say a prayer for forgiveness, something like; “God forgive us for eating other beings in violation of your Law.” Continue reading “Perfect Human, Spiritual Human”

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A Strong Will is Needed for Spiritual Growth

“Let your Will be strong, but without anger, and your Thoughts be pure from that which infects the lower strata of the earth’s atmosphere. Let the Fire of the Divine Will penetrate deeply within your soul and elevate your mind to the highest regions of thought.

“It is not of man’s making; it cannot be bought, but it is given for nothing to those who deserve it.

“Weigh all things with the scales of justice, and measure them by the rule of reason.

“No substance can be made perfect without long suffering. Great is the error of those who imagine tat the Philosophers stone can be hardened without first being dissolved; their time and labor is wasted.

“Nature must be aided by art whenever she is deficient in power. Art may be the handmaiden of nature, but cannot supplant her mistress. Art without natue is always unnatural. Nature without art is not always perfect.

“Nature cannot be amended except in her own self. The nature of a tree cannot be changed by trimming the branches or by the addition or ornaments; it can be imp[roved only by improving upon which it grows, or by graft.” ~Franz Hartmann

Strong Will

In order to accomplish much of anything in life, you need to have a strong will. That goes for spiritual accomplishments just as much as for physical ones. Some think that suppressing the will and the ego is the path to spiritual growth. They think that floating through life going wherever the currents take you like a piece of driftwood is spiritual living. No great spiritual or mystic school ever taught such nonsense. Spiritual development has to be worked at just as much as any other kind of development. In fact, it may require more effort because we live in an age when spirituality is undervalued and materialism is king.

As Hartmann notes, however, we need a strong will without “anger”. I think that is the wrong choice of words. He should have said we need a strong will but without egotism. Egotism may often result in anger, but it isn’t the same thing. We need a strong will and we need our ego in order to function in the realm of matter, but we need the ego to be under the control of the spirit and soul, and not the other way around. Continue reading “A Strong Will is Needed for Spiritual Growth”

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Sovereign State: A fiction in a World of Illusion

“In order to free the fiction of the Sovereign State—in other words, the whims of the chieftains who manipulate it—from every wholesome restriction, all socio-political movements tending in the direction invariably try to cut the ground out from under religion. For, in order to turn the individual into a function of the State, his dependence on anything else must be taken from him. Religion means dependence on and submission to the irrational facts of experience. These do not refer directly to social and physical conditions; they concern far more the individuals psychic attitude.

“But it is possible to have an attitude to the external conditions of life only when there is a point of reference outside them. Religion gives, or claims to give, such a standpoint, thereby enabling the individual to exercise his judgement and power of decision. It builds up a reserve, as it were, against the obvious and inevitable force of circumstances to which everyone is exposed who lives only in the outer world and has no other ground under his feet except the pavement. If statistical reality is the only one, then that is the sole authority. There is then only one condition, and since no contrary condition exists, judgement and decision are not only superfluous but impossible. Then the individual is bound to be a function of statistics and hence a function of the State or whatever abstract principle of order may be called.” ~C. G. Jung

Fiction of the Sovereign State

What Jung means by saying that the idea of the Sovereign State is fiction is that a state or political entity should never be sovereign over us. The state must never have the last word in everything we say and do, what we buy, what we wear, what we are allowed to say, etc. The proper state or government must give us the freedom to be individuals while at the same time linking us together as a unit. It is a delicate balancing act that few governments ever achieve. And those that do always change over time until they lose their way. That is because a government, corporation, or other organization inevitably starts to function as if it is a living entity. As such, it begins to value its own preservation above all other things. And as Jung points out, one way governments do this is through religious restriction. Some do it by establishing an actual or de facto state religion, others by banning religion entirely.

Just the Facts, Ma’am

One way that the Sovereign State turns people away from religion is by promoting the idea that only things established as facts by science are real, everything else is a childish fantasy. The problem with this idea is that science limits itself to studying the physical realm and completely ignores the spiritual. On the rare occasion that a scientist does decide to study the spiritual, they do so with the expectation that spiritual things will follow the laws of matter. That is, of course, impossible. If spirit followed the same laws as matter, it would just be another form of matter, which it isn’t. The scientists need instead to learn what the laws of spirit are just as they learned over many centuries what the laws of the physical universe are. But instead, science declares spirit as fantasy because it doesn’t obey the laws of matter. This generally serves the desires of the Sovereign State very well. The state can now label religion and any spiritual practices as nonsense. Continue reading “Sovereign State: A fiction in a World of Illusion”

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Devourers of Life, Creators of Matter

The Fiery Devourers

“Reality: on that of manifested, hence illusive, being, its particles are fiery lives which live and have their being at the expense of every other life that they consume. Therefore they are named the DEVOURERS. Every visible thing in this universe was built by such LIVES, front conscious and divine primordial man down to the unconscious agents that construct matter. … From the ONE LIFE formless and Uncreated, proceeds the Universe of lives. First was manifested from the Deep (Chaos) cold luminous fire (gaseous light?) which formed the curds in space. (irresolvable nebulae, perhaps?) … These fought, nd a great heat was developed by the encountering and collision, which produced rotation. Then came the first manifested material. Fire, the hot flames, the wanderers in heaven (comets?); heat generates moist vapor; that forms solid water; then dry mist, then liquid mist, watery, that puts out the luminous brightness of the pilgrims (comets?) and forms solid watery wheels (matter globes). Bhumi (the Earth) appears with six sisters. These produce by their continuous motion the inferior fire, heat, and an aqueous mist, which yields third world element – Water. And from the breath of all (atmospheric) Air is born. These four are the four lives of the first four periods (Rounds) of Manvantara. The three last will follow.” ~H. P. Blavatsky (Quoting and translating from The Secret Doctrine)

Fiery Lives

The beings with fiery lives that are depicted here as creating the physical universe are none other than the beings we call Devils, or Fallen Angels. They are collectively called The Demiurge in Gnostic literature.

The Devourers

The Devils, Demons, or Fallen Angels can rightly be called Devourers. After they fell from Heaven, they became dependent on other lives to sustain their own. Only through killing other beings could they survive. A sorry state to be in, yet they accepted it and did what they had to in order to stay alive.

Sons and Daughters of the Devourers

If you haven’t already realized it, we humans, like virtually all forms of physical life, are also Devourers. We have to kill and eat other beings to survive. And, yes, that includes Vegans. Plants are living beings just as much as animals are, so the idea that you are not killing because you’re vegan is false. What this should tell us is that we are just as much the children of the Devourers as we are children of God. Our spirits and souls come from God, but our physical body comes from the Devourers. That is why we exist in this confused state between good and bad, spirit and matter. And as the Native American legend of the Two Wolfs says, which one succeeds depends on which one you feed. Continue reading “Devourers of Life, Creators of Matter”

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